Chili bean sauce, also known as toban djan or doubanjiang, is a savory, fragrant, and spicy condiment made from fermented soybeans, chili, and seasonings. It is used frequently in Chinese cooking and is dubbed the soul of Sichuan cuisine. Every maker has their own pecularities so try different types before deciding on a favorite. Doubanjiang adds a ton of flavor when used in cooking and is also great as a condiment.
Uses: Doubanjiang is essential for making classics such as mapo tofu. Try it on your eggs.